Ministry is a high calling, but it’s not for the faint of heart! Inherent in this line of work can be long hours, expectations of others, self-sacrifice, and incredible times of joy. The Clergy Care Network is there to help provide guidance when life is challenging — and rejoice with you when things are going well.
The Clergy Care Network is a ministry of Focus on the Family Canada in partnership with nine Canadian denominations, including the Christian and Missionary Alliance. If you are a pastor, or a family member of a pastor or missionary, you will find all kinds of practical information and encouragement here. To access this care, please call toll-free at 1.888.5.CLERGY or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know if they can serve you through complimentary phone counselling, consultation, resource or retreat suggestions, or counselling referrals.
Callers can expect to receive confidential, professional care from registered counsellors who work from the Focus on the Family office in Langley, BC. Counsellors are chosen who are not only trained in counselling, but have experience in ministry settings and understand the unique challenges of life in the pastorate.
When you call, a care associate will arrange a mutually convenient time for the counsellor to call you and talk about your concerns. If they can help in a single session, that is the goal. However, they realize that clergy callers may need deeper assistance and that it may be challenging to get that assistance within your community. They have a network of counselors across Canada that they can refer you to if you need more assistance than a single session would offer. They also have the discretion to extend their own care to callers in this program and if it’s discerned together that a longer period of counselling with one of the Clergy Care Network team can provide that confidentiality and professional care that you need (and can appropriately be offered by telephone), they can offer additional sessions. This is always assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Focus on the Family also offers two beautiful retreat centres – one near Calgary, AB, and a second near Winnipeg, MB. Their Kerith Retreats are dedicated to the strengthening of marriage and family relationships, and the spiritual restoration of those in ministry.